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Local celebs pretty in pictures with pets

January 18, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — While the humans are ready for their close-ups, the animals are even more ready for new homes.

Celebrities, actors and models throughout Rhode Island are happily posing with the East Greenwich Animal Protection League’s prospective pets on Saturdays this month at Crestar Picture Framing, 51 Liberty St., in preparation for the league’s Feb. 11 fundraising gala.

“We’re auctioning off the photos and holding a raffle, with all proceeds going toward the animals,” said Kim Kalunian, EGAPL spokeswoman.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local film 'Loosies' debuted in NYC last week

January 18, 2012

EAST GREENWICH - After successfully opening “Inkubus” in Worcester and Rhode Island last October, Chad A. Verdi has stepped onto the first of what he hopes will be bigger playing fields to come: New York City.

The East Greenwich filmmaker, managing partner of Main Street-based Woodhaven Films, premiered his second film, “Loosies,” last Wednesday at the IFC Center in the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

USTA serves up ace for courts

January 18, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — With a little help from the United States Tennis Association, the ball is bouncing true again on the town's tennis courts.

The town recently received an $8,500 grant from USTA, good for 20 percent of the nearly $43,000 the town spent to resurface its tennis courts this fall, said Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Bradley.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Townsend chest up for auction

January 18, 2012

A piece of East Greenwich history is expected to fetch seven digits when it goes up for bid this weekend at the famous Sotheby's auction house in New York City.

A shell-carved and figured mahogany high chest of drawers with open talons, owned by Lt. Col. Oliver Arnold and Mary Oliver Arnold in the 18th century and built by renowned Colonial-era cabinetmaker John Townsend, is part of the Important Americana auction scheduled tomorrow and Saturday at the auction house.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Meadowbrook principal resigns

January 18, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Citing unspecified health reasons, Meadowbrook Farms School Principal Dr. Ronald J. Areglado announced his resignation Tuesday, effective immediately.

Areglado, who was principal at the school since spring 2010, informed the Meadowbrook community of his decision Tuesday and School Superintendent Victor Mercurio by e-mail that afternoon, Mercurio said at that night’s School Committee meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Serving a menu and venue niche

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Rolling Stones may not gather any moss, but at least one of them gathered at Besos Teahouse recently. That would be the high-powered Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones.

Watts, former Gov. Don Carcieri and other Rhode Island dignitaries have discovered what East Greenwich residents are quickly coming to relish – the unique new eatery whose name means “kisses,” while smacking of great food.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

TC approves school building project

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH - The town’s $52 million school bond, approved by voters in 2008, turned out to be a bargain.

The Town Council wrapped up much of the bond’s financial business last night by formally approving a final school building improvement project budget in the amount of $48,787,600, well below the bonding authority granted by resident.

Town Manager William Sequino Jr. estimated that the town saved $2.6 million in interest and bond issuance costs, with School Building Systems, supervisor of the school project, realizing a $613,000 surplus.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Clergy asking state to help poor

January 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Not all of the lobbying at the Statehouse is done by people in dark suits on the House and Senate floors, committee rooms and legislative lounges.

A group of the state's religious leaders, spanning faiths from Judeo-Christian to Eastern, some in colorful liturgical robes, gathered in the main rotunda last Wednesday to stage the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's fourth annual “Fighting Poverty with Faith” vigil.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two members of EGPD promoted

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Two veteran East Greenwich Police Department officers received promotions in rank during ceremonies at Monday night's Town Council meeting at Town Hall.

Lt. Stanley Cirella was promoted from sergeant, and Sgt. Robert Siple was promoted from patrolman as they were sworn in by Town Clerk Leigh A. Botello, saluted by Police Chief Thomas Coyle and had their new badges pinned on by family members.

For more on the story, check out the Jan. 12 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local leaders want state to do more with reform

January 5, 2012

The heavy lifting’s not over on Smith Hill.

While the state General Assembly took a major step toward easing the state's pension crisis with the reforms passed in November's special session, following up on those measures in the 2012 session will be crucial, state Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35) and state Rep. Robert Watson (R-Dist. 30) said last Friday, four days before the new session began.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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